Seems like I should post a quick update…

Winner second year in a row!
Winner second year in a row!

This is the second year I have participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the second time I have won (meaning I’ve written 50,000 new words in the thirty days of November).

On a large scale I’ve learned more about the art of keeping fingers on the keyboard pounding out words, which is more difficult than it sounds.

I also learned a few new tricks:

One of the pep talk writers (Tamora Pierce) suggested – try adding something short, unexpected, frightening, painful, etc. When I was up against a blank wall, I gave myself the freedom to do this. It worked.

From another (Kami Garcia) I learned that – everyone is too busy, no one’s muse shows up for work on time, an MFA is a fine degree, but is not needed to write a great (and successful) story…bottom line, how are you going to write your story if you’re afraid to start writing? We all have doubt, give it a name and block it’s calls.

Finally, when my timeline issues were causing me to think I might have to give up on making the goal, the twitter based NaNoWriMo coach gave me this good advice: @BobTyler4 timeline at expense of narrative? It’s a tool, but it’s not NaNoTimelineMo. 🙂 just walk away. #NaNoCoach

About Bob

Bob has been a writer all his life. He has had to do many other things to buy groceries and make his car payments, but most of these things have involved writing, in one genre or another.
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